26 Songs All About Money and Wealth
It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.
Much of the criticism surrounding Jay-Z’s new record Magna Carta Holy Grail pointed to Jay-Z’s insistence on continuing to rap about his wealth. This was exacerbated by the controversial Samsung deal that earned him $5 million and RIAA’s platinum certification (thanks to its new rules) before the record was even on physical or digital shelves.
Whether it’s bragging about rocking Tom Ford, or lamenting “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” music and money have a long, complicated, and well-documented relationship. Drake started from the bottom and now he’s one of the most popular rappers. The late Donna Summer worked hard for the money to become disco’s queen. Patti Smith dreamt of what her life would be like if she won the lottery. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx warned the 1% against gold diggers.
With your help, we’ve compiled songs about money, wealth and the swag that comes with it, from both insider (Jay-Z, Lil Wayne) and outsider (Patti Smith, Dirty Projectors) perspectives:
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